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The Problem With Distracted Driving

In the United States, more than 9 people are killed each day and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. In case you are confused, distracted driving refers to driving while doing another activity that is taking your attention away from driving.

There are three main types of distractions:

Visual – taking your eyes off the road
Manual – taking your hands off the wheel
Cognitive – taking your mind off driving

Distracted driving activities can include a variety of things like talking on the phone, texting, eating, listening to music, speaking to the children in the back seat, and so on. Even using in vehicle technologies such as the navigation system or radio can also be a source of distraction. While any of these distractions can endanger the life of the driver and others, texting tends to be particularly dangerous due to being a combination of all three distraction types.

How Big Is This Problem Really?

  • In 2012, around 3,300 people were killed in crashes that involved a distracted driver, compared to around 3,400 in 2011. Additionally, 420,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes that involved a distracted driver in 2012 which is a 9 percent increase from 2011.
  • In 2011, nearly one in five car crashes in which someone was injured involved distracted driving.
  • In December 2012, more than 171 billion text messages were sent or received in the United States.

In a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011, researchers compared the distracted driving activities with that of several European countries.

Phone Calls While Driving

  • 69 percent of drivers in the United States ages 18 to 64 reported that they had talked on their phone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed.
  • In Europe, this percentage ranged from 21 percent in the United Kingdom to 59 percent in Portugal.

Texting or Emailing While Driving

  • 31 percent of United States drivers ages 18 to 64 reported that they had read or sent text messages or email messages while driving at least once within the 30 days before being surveyed.
  • In Europe, this percentage ranged from 15 percent in Spain to 31 percent in Portugal.

So What Are The Risk Factors?

Some activities, such as texting, take the driver’s attention away from driving more frequently and for longer periods of time than other distractions. This is especially increased behavior in younger and more inexperienced drivers. In fact, it was found that nearly half of all United States high school students aged 16 or older text or email while driving.

If you have been in a car accident due to someone else’s distracted driving, don’t hesitate to get legal help! Accidents are expensive and can cost you physically, mentally, and financially. You shouldn’t have to go in debt paying medical and other bills because of someone else’s neglect. If you live in or near southwest Florida, call the offices of , Goldman, Babboni and Walsh so you can get the financial compensation you need after an accident.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

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